enough time to heal? advice please!

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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/1/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! So I'm looking for some advice...
I am a 20 year old college student with Crohn's. I had a total colectomy last summer and now have a temporary ileostomy. A few weeks ago I got the first step of reversal surgery. I am planning on getting the second and final step done in December right after I take my finals (should be about the second week of December). School resumes on January 3. My school is on the quarter system, not semesters, so I had planned to take off winter quarter (January-March) so that I could heal from the reversal surgery, because I heard it can be pretty tough. But last week when I met with my new gastro doctor, he told me that might not be necessary and that I could be fine enough in 3 weeks to go back to school.
I was kind of thrown for a loop, and I'm not sure if he's being too optimistic or not. I'm young and in good shape, so I have that working for me, but is 3 weeks really enough time to heal from this surgery? Advice please!!

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 9/1/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I was twice your age when I had surgery and I went back to work three weeks post surgery so I think this is doable.


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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 9/2/2011 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Like Sue, I was twice your age when I had my surgery too and was back to my same crazy, running around schedule 2 weeks after my final surgery (takedown). I was surprised how great I felt that soon. Everyone is different of course, but you should be fine. Good luck!
DX UC - in 2005 when I was 37
Tried every drug-even Remicade-Tried diets-nothing worked
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC!!! Very happy with my results of this surgery!

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 9/2/2011 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my reversal in June and went back to work 3 weeks later. I'm 26 your 20, it is totally doable. Just be prepared to know where the restrooms are between classes. But it really is easy to hold everything for an hour or two class, its walking that makes you need to go. I'd say plan on attending winter quarter. You can always do a withdraw later if you find you aren't ready to go back. That way you get your money back, but you've got classes scheduled if you are feeling good, which you should be. :)
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
-Takedown 6/13/11
I <3 my J-pouch!
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